Five People Thinking the Same Thing II

Photograph
April 1998 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Frances Kearney graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art in 1998. The three photographs in the V&A collection were all exhibited in her final degree show and acquired at that time. They are part of a larger body of work, titled 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing'. Kearney's work is concerned with the passing of time within a domestic setting, often with the subjects absorbed in what Kearney has described as "lost time".


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Materials and Techniques
c-type print mounted on aluminium
Brief Description
Kearney, Frances. Five People Thinking the Same Thing II (man making cat's cradle by sink), 1998
Physical Description
Photograph of a man sitting on a white chair with his back towards the camera. He is wearing a blue jumper over a pale blue shirt. He is sitting at a sink surrounded by floral wallpaper. To his left is a blue curtain covering up a doorway. The man is making a cat's cradle with white string. The photograph is mounted on aluminium.
Dimensions
  • Print height: 123cm
  • Print width: 153cm
Gallery Label
Label for 'Making It Up: Photographic Fictions' (3 May 2013 - 12 January 2014): Frances Kearney (born 1970) Five People Thinking the Same Thing II, III and V 1998 Kearney’s images seem to be spontaneous snapshots but they are meticulously staged. Clothes, expressions and posture are all contrived for the photograph, and scenes are re-worked until a sense of stillness is achieved. Kearney’s figures convey a monumental and meditative quality, absorbed in what she has described as ‘lost time’. They are caught at a moment of personal reflection, perhaps waiting for something to happen. C-type prints Museum nos. E.496 to 498-1998
Object history
These photographs were mad by Frances Kearney as part of her MA Degree show for the Royal College of Arts, 1998. They are part of a larger body of work, titled Five People Thinking the Same Thing but only these images were exhibited at the summer degree show.



Historical significance: Kearney's creation of a subtle narrative, focussing on the representation of human thought and emotion, relate well to the photography by Lady Hawarden. Her work is concerned with the passing of time within a domestic setting, often with the subjects absorbed in what Kearney has described as "lost time".
Historical context
Frances Kearney graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art. These three photographs were all exhibited in her final degree show in the Summer of 1998.
Production
Reason For Production: Exhibition
Subjects depicted
Summary
Frances Kearney graduated from the Photography MA course at the Royal College of Art in 1998. The three photographs in the V&A collection were all exhibited in her final degree show and acquired at that time. They are part of a larger body of work, titled 'Five People Thinking the Same Thing'. Kearney's work is concerned with the passing of time within a domestic setting, often with the subjects absorbed in what Kearney has described as "lost time".
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
E.496-1998

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